Review: A. C. Gaughen’s Reign the Earth

Title: Reign the Earth
Series: The Elementae
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 448

I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A.C. Gaughen’s Reign the Earth is a new fantasy filled with magic, mystery, a strong female protagonist, and rebellion. Okay, let’s be honest, at this point in time that’s pretty standard and cookie cutter for a fantasy book, but Gaughen truly separates Reign the Earth from its peers with unique cultures, a complex elemental magic system, and characters with depth and spirit that is unique to them.

Warning that this book does contain abuse, if you are uncomfortable with that aspect you may not want to read.

Shalia is a daughter of the dessert, surrounded by a loving family—filled with brothers—and friends, but in order to secure her people peace she gives up her home to marry the king of the neighboring kingdom.

She always knew King Calix’s father took part in the genocide that exterminated the Elementae—magical people of the islands that could control earth, air, water, and fire—but she didn’t know how much her husband shared his sentiment for destroying them. With a husband who switches between kind—at best—and cruel, a brother who leads the rebellion, and a brother-in-law who keeps catching her eye, Shalia is in deeper than she could’ve imagined. Continue reading


Review: Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince
Series: The Folk of the Air
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 384
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The moment I even heard about this book last year I was hooked. I loved the ACOTAR series and was looking for more books with fae/faeries and this sounded absolutely perfect—human heroine, kind of jerkish male character, and dangerous but beautiful fae world.

I knew I wanted to read it, but I wasn’t in a huge rush—that was until I saw everyone else posting and gushing about it AS SOON AS it was released. So what did I do? Ordered it on Amazon like the day after it was published.

I’ve been doing some NA guilty pleasure reading on my kindle, but The Cruel Prince was the first real physical book I picked up this year. And I’m so glad it was, because it is absolutely fabulous, a five star read to help kick off 2018.

Jude is 100% human, born in our modern-day world. But when she was just a young girl her parents were murdered by Madoc, the fae that used to be her mother’s husband before she ran away from him back into the mortal world. Her and her sisters—one half fae and the daughter of Madoc—are then taken by him and raised on his royal lands in the world of Faerie. Continue reading

Review & Giveaway: Amanda Hocking’s Between the Blade & The Heart

Title: Between the Blade and the Heart
Series: Valkyrie
Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 319
Wednesday Books



I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set in this urban fantasy world filled with mortals and immortals, Valkyries are what keep the balance. Their one great responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the afterlife when their time has come.

Malin has always known that being a Valkyrie was her destiny and that the balance of the world rests on her kind. But when she finds out that her mother has spared an immortal destined to die, everything is thrown in chaos.

Questioning fate, free will, and her ability to love, Malin is thrust into the path of a rogue immortal as well as the gorgeous blue-eyed Asher. Oh, and her ex-girlfriend.

I love stories based in mythology, so I was super excited because I don’t really know too much about Norse myths other than the Thor movies. I learned that Valkeries are such badass women, which is amazing, and I feel like we’re only going to get to know more and more as the series goes on—so I’m excited.

The world was also pretty cool. It’s kind of like a dilapidated, polluted future but without our past, and obviously immortals live among mortals—and mortals actually know—and the Norse gods are really what rule. I got a taste, but I still think I felt unsure as to the relations between immortals/mortals, the government structure, and I guess the history. Like she’s in school but what really is the system there and I guess other people who aren’t going to be Valkyrie go there?

Some better building could’ve been done. It’s not necessary to understand the plot exactly but it would’ve rounded it out more. Continue reading

Review: Stephanie Kate Strohm’s Prince in Disguise

Title: Prince in Disguise
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 19, 2017

I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Dylan’s sister fell for a prince in disguise—okay, really a lord, but no one else besides her seems to think this matters—her life was turned upside down. Now with realty TV cameras following her sister’s every move, Dylan has gotten none of the peace and quiet she desires and instead finds herself more in the spotlight than ever as the wedding quickly approaches.

Heading off to Scotland for the Christmas Eve nuptials, all of Dylan’s plans to be as boring as possible fly out the window when she meets Jamie—a funny and witty groomsmen who’s a complete book nerd , and who she can’t seem to get enough of. But at the end of all this will it be Dylan’s life that gets turned into a realty show?

Prince in Disguise is a smart young adult mix of a TLC wedding show and like a Hallmark Christmas movie—like everything I’m completely trash for. It was completely glorious and everything I could want.

First off, I LOVED being set in wintery Scotland. I’m all about Scotland and set amid winter—which I hate but love all the cute things that come with it—like I couldn’t handle it. Continue reading

Reverse Harem: My New Guilty Pleasure & Reading Recs

I’ve wanted to let ya’ll know about a recent guilty pleasure of mine—reverse harem. I’ve been reading a TON of reverse harem novels lately and just can’t put them down.

Reverse harem (also known as RH) isn’t super widely known, I didn’t know what it was until recently, so just an explanation; reverse harem is when there is one female protagonist with three or more male leads/romantic interests.

From my experience, RH is mostly new adult to adult (meaning more mature language, situation, and sex scenes), and this isn’t like a love triangle. The protagonist loves all of her men equally and they all love, protect, and cater to her; usually the guys are all friends or become friends as well.

It’s a bit different and a concept that can get judged super quickly and easily—and like yeah there are some bad and just trashy ones out there,  but when done right a reverse harem can be super sweet, funny, and sexy.

I’ve been reading mostly paranormal or fantasy RH, it definitely makes it easier to suspend disbelief and accept the whole multiple interests/mates aspect, with a couple contemporaries thrown in. And I just wanted to give ya’ll a rundown of some of my favorites that are definitely worth giving a try.

Trying to Live With the Dead (The Veil Diaries #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

This is definitely the book to ease yourself into reverse harem with. It’s more young adult, and friendship based (at least so far in the series). Alexis is your totally average 17-year-old girl…except she can see and talk to the dead, and help them move on. The dead always seem to find her, which is an issue when she moves in with her uncle and heads off to a new school. But when an evil ghost lurking around the school refuses to leave her alone, Alexis has to decide if she should tell her friends—five insanely hot guys who’ve basically adopted her—or continue keeping her abilities a secret. Continue reading

Review: Meagan Spooner’s Hunted

Title: Hunted
Author: Meagan Spooner
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

I’ve said it before, but I absolutely adore retellings—especially a well done retelling. I’ve been excited about Hunted since its release, and I wasn’t disappointed. Meagan Spooner actually already had me at the dedication page, which is absolutely beautiful.

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it really is the perfect mix between staying close to the original story that we know and love and having aspects that make it unique, fresh, and compelling. I was sucked into this world of magic, beauty, decay, and desire and just didn’t want to leave. This was a book I stayed up reading way late into the night by the glow of my bedside lamp.

The story starts off set in a sort of medieval (ish?) Russian-inspired small town. It has your sort of regular class system and kind of what you’d expect.

Our Beauty here, Yeva, is quite different than we’re used to though—while still retaining that special spirit and fire. Yeva’s father is a wealthy merchant, although he spent his earlier years as a renowned hunter, brining his youngest daughter along with him and teaching her survival and hunting skills. And really the woods are where Yeva feels most at home—but alas now she’s old enough to be a lady.

Put into a life that involves indulging the Baronessa and awaiting a marriage proposal, Yeva is anything but content. Then everything changes when her father takes a gamble that leaves them bankrupt and cast-out to his old cabin, where they must hunt for their survival. But obsessed and raving-mad about a mythical beast, when their father doesn’t return, Yeva must head out after him. Continue reading

The Ones That Got Away Pt. 5

I’ve done a lot of reading but not a lot of reviewing lately so here are the  “ones that got away”— some rapid-fire mini reviews for some of my recent reads.


Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

 As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.MY THOUGHTS: THIS DUOLOGY IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. BETTER THAN THE FIRST. LOVE, FANTASY, DARK & HAUNTED SETTING. MY RATING:


How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. MY THOUGHTS: RICK RIORDAN IS A GOD HIMSELF. HILARIOUS. HEARTFELT. AS GOOD AS THE PERCY JACKSON SERIES. MY RATING:

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Review: Micalea Smeltzer’s Enchant

Title: Enchant
Series: Enchanted #1
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Publication Date: November 17, 2017

This is going to be a little bit short because I read this just over a week ago and my memory is slightly fuzzy, but also I don’t know if I have that much to say, so yeah.

Mara always thought she lived an ordinary life, but the on graduation day a strange gray-eyed young man appears. He’s her protector, and unknown to her, she’s in need of protection. Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power; still not mature enough to use her power, her protector must keep her alive from those warring to hurt her.

Okay, so honestly I never used to be into paranormal stuff, but find myself picking it up more often now.

I didn’t have like crazy expectations, I thought it’d be a fun young adult read with a satisfying—possibly enemy to lovers, a fave—romance. And it was that. It was a quick, enjoyable read, but definitely fell flat towards the end and didn’t hook me enough to be wishing for the sequel already.

I liked Mara. She was spunky and had the right kind of attitude—aka not the whiny kind. One of the things that got me though was how quick and unquestioningly she accepted being a witch and that whole world. Like I know she saw what she saw but still, like I feel like she wasn’t shaken up and questioning enough. She didn’t really even take the time to learn about this new world and her spot in it. Continue reading